Indianapolis, Ind., – Hungry for their first win of the season, the Indiana Fever came ready to play as they hosted the Dallas Wings Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Locking in on defense, Indiana held their own as they managed to keep powerhouse center Liz Cambage at bay to start the game. By getting stops and trading buckets, the Fever held a one point lead at the end of the first quarter. In the absence of veteran forward Candice Dupree, the Fever rookies stepped up big time all contributing on the offensive end to put Indiana ahead at the break, 48-44.
Erica McCall (22) and Erica Wheeler (17) collapse on Liz Cambage. RKS photo/Glynnis King
“That’s what the effort and fight should look like for 40 minutes,” Fever head coach Pokey Chatman said.
Erica McCall who started at forward in place of Dupree also had a strong game against the Wings, bringing leadership and energy to the floor as she led the Fever in rebounds with 11 to go with nine points on the evening. Despite the fierce battle, Indiana came up short in another tough loss falling to Dallas, 89-83. Rookie Kelsey Mitchell led Indiana with 26 points while fellow rookie Stephanie Mavunga added a career-high 10 points, and Victoria Vivians tallied seven points. Tiffany Mitchell would finish with 12 points on the night.
Skylar Diggins-Smith on the drive against Fever guard Erica Wheeler.
In her return home, Skylar Diggins-Smith had an outstanding night posting her first double-double of the season with a career-high 35 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in the Wings victory. Liz Cambage and Allisha Gray would add 23 and 15 points, respectively as Dallas secured their second consecutive victory.
The Indiana Fever will travel to New York for a Sunday afternoon match-up against the Liberty.
Indianapolis, Ind. – South Bend native Skylar Diggins-Smith, and the Dallas Wings visit Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the Indiana Fever on Friday, June 8 for a 7 PM ET tip-off.
Coming off a close victory to the Seattle Storm, Dallas (3-3) managed to secure the 94-90 victory on June 2. Diggins-Smith led the Wings with 27 points and seven assists shooting perfect from the free-throw line (7-7). Also adding to the scoring attack was Liz Cambage tallying 25 points and seven rebounds, while Allisha Gray posted 16 points in the win.
The Fever (0-6) will be going up against a strong Dallas squad as they aim to secure their first victory. Indiana fell just short of a win last Saturday, in a tough 87-81, overtime loss to the New York Liberty. Kelsey Mitchell scored with 12.6 seconds to go to put Indiana up 71-69, but Tina Charles knocked down a pair of free-throws with 8 seconds left to force overtime. Charles would finish with 23 points and 10 rebounds to help her team to victory. New York’s rook Kia Nurse led all scorers with a career-high 34 points.
Mitchell would lead Indiana with 26 points and Candice Dupree added 16.
Be sure to catch this matchup on WNBA League Pass.
With the 2018 WNBA season tipping off tonight and a full schedule of games on Sunday, fans are in for a treat this summer as we watch these teams work.
The Dallas Wings and Phoenix Mercury will open the season tonight in Phoenix, after teams finalized their rosters on Thursday. The Wings return Skylar Diggins-Smith and reigning Rookie of the Year Allisha Gray. Dallas also welcomes international center, Liz Cambage who joins the team after a long absence from the W. Cambage adds a much needed post presence to the floor giving the Wings a chance to battle against teams with bigs like Griner.
The Mercury return last years WNBA scoring leader Brittney Griner (21.9 ppg) along with veteran sharp shooter Diana Taurasi. Phoenix will definitely be a squad to contend with after adding pieces like point guard Briann January, and the return of DeWanna Bonner who can score, rebound, and run the floor.
Don’t miss this matchup on NBA TV tonight at 10 PM ET.
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